What we honour

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Feeding of the many. John 6:1-15.   1999   Mark A Hewitt.   Lino cut & water colour.

John 6:1-15 (NRSV)

Feeding the Five Thousand

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’

When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.


Rev’d Mark Hewitt.
Ministry Team Leader, The Corner Uniting Church
Warradale South Australia.

The miracle of God is bringing us together,
With all our differences; Different tempermants, personalities, likes, dislikes interests, skills, abilities
Bringing us together to work as one.
So that we can bring things into being.
Allowing people to be safe & nurtured.
Allowing people to see & be embraced by God’s Love.
Maybe its in such a community,
called the church, that God’s miracles can be revealed and brought into being.
Maybe we are miracle agents.

Loving God,
may we as your children
notice the miracles that take place everyday around us.
May we too be agents of change
enabling miracles to to place in the lives of others.
Amen

Prayerful colouring: Loaves & fish,
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What we reconcile

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Limestone Wall. Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. Mark A Hewitt 2007

Ephesians 2:11-22 (NRSV)

So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are called ‘the circumcision’—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.

Being different or having differences
Is not the problem
We can embrace our differences & rejoice.
The problem is when we build walls – barriers
as a way of dealing with our differences.
We are brought together as one through Christ.
Together we are the house of God.

Breaking down the wall.
Prayerful Colouring. Mark A Hewitt.

Loving God
Assist us in seeing the walls
we build between us and others.
give us the strength to then tear them down.
through your love
may we build a community that
embraces difference and celebrates diversity.
Amen

Sunday 12 July 2015

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What we contribute

Ephesians 1:3–14 (NRSV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

We have before us new ways of connecting.
New ways of bridge building.
New ways of being family.

Ephesians gives us a vision
Of what God desires.
The unity of all people even amid difference.

Creator God, you have created a family,
and you invite all people
to become brothers and sisters with one another, and with Christ.
May we heal the brokenness that divides us.
May we grow in love for one another and the earth,
and reflect the unity of your creation.
Amen.